Brisk Ticket Sales for 2019 Cortaca Jug Game
Attendance record within reach at MetLife Stadium
NEW YORK (December 4, 2018) – The New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame (NYC/NFF) is reporting strong tickets sales for the 2019 Cortaca Jug game between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland. The Chapter is hosting the game next fall at MetLife Stadium in New York City as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of College Football.
In the first full week of ticket sales, which started on Tuesday, November 27th and ran through Monday, December 3rd, almost 20,000 tickets were purchased through Ticketmaster. This number does not include the 5,000 tickets that are being held back for each school to distribute on campus next fall. Counting those tickets, current sales total 30,000 already making it the second most attended Division III football game in NCAA history. With the game nearly a year away, it appears that the all-time attendance record of 37,355 could be in jeopardy.
Marc Hudak, Chairman of the NYC Chapter of the National Football Foundation “we are thrilled to see such a strong start to ticket sales for the 2019 Cortaca Jug game, it speaks to the intensity of this rivalry and the great football tradition at each school. Our organization as well as Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland are committed to making next year’s Cortaca Jug an event that should not be missed. When all of the planning is complete, and the details are released, I am confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy at next year’s game”.
The Top 5 most attended games in the history of Division III football:
37,355: St. Thomas vs. St. John's at Target Field, 9/23/17
17,535: UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater, 10/8/16
17,327: St. Thomas at St. John's, 9/26/15
16,922: St. Thomas at St. John's, 10/13/18
16,514: St. Thomas at St. John's, 9/24/16
The Division III football rivalry between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland has been referred to as “the biggest little game in the nation”. Next year will mark the 61st time that the two schools — located just 21 miles apart from each other in Upstate New York — will square off for the Cortaca Jug. Ithaca College will serve as the host for the 2019 game, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 with a 1 p.m. kickoff time. Tickets are priced at $15, $25 and $35.
Founded in 1947, the National Football Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. College Football 150th Anniversary is a nonprofit corporation formed to plan and administer a national celebration of 150 seasons of collegiate football in 2019.The commemoration will showcase the rich history and traditions of the sport and its contribution to American society and culture, while also promoting the opportunity it continues to provide to thousands of student-athletes across all levels. The NYC Chapter of the National Football Foundation exists to support the mission of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in the five boroughs of New York City.